Turner Park at Dusk

It’s cooler this evening, or not quite as hot,

and the park is quiet and pleasant.

A few children on the playground equipment,

one curious youngster investigated one

of the storm-felled trees; watchful parents

on benches beside the playground or under the shelters.

The lamps are lit, though it’s not quite dark.

There’s a friendly soccer match under way

on the adjacent pitch beside the high school,

but it must be getting hard for the players

to see each other and the ball and goals,

the yellow lights from the school parking lot

a little too distant, lending them little aid.

No on at all on the path this evening;

I can cycle around the loop without having

to dodge pedestrians two abreast or

the kids who ride in confused circles,

lost in their little worlds, heedless

of the motion of adults around them.

Odd there are no dogs and walkers–

Wait, here’s a black lab arriving, as I leave.


Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper



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